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No matter who you are or how you’ve prepared for college, you’re bound to have a long list of questions. Our student ambassadors had college dreams just like you do and they worked hard to achieve them. Read their stories below and share your own with us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Finding Scholarships for College

Posted by Alex Caratti

The biggest favor you can do for yourself is secure funding for college. There are tons of scholarships that go unclaimed each year. You don’t have to be the smartest or most athletic student at your school to get one. Apply and you will surprise yourself.

 

When looking for scholarships, the first thing I did was go to my guidance counselor, who had a list of scholarships I could apply to. Once I went through those, I looked for opportunities offered by local charities, companies and non-profit organizations. Finally, I looked at other online resources, such as the San Diego Foundation which uses a common application. This means you fill out only one application to apply for multiple scholarships! I applied to the San Diego Foundation and found the application process to be very easy and understandable.

 

From my experience, the best advice when applying for scholarships is follow the application instructions! I also wrote essays that told my story and when selected for an interview, I showed the panel that I was the best choice. I applied to as many scholarships as I could. Invest time and effort and you will see some great results.


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Don’t Let Senioritis Get to You!

Posted by Mireille Garcia Serrato

Seniors! This is your last year of high school and that means you should end it with good grades!

 

Although it may seem like there are still months of school left, don’t let that fool you. Homecoming is right around the corner, the semester is almost at its end, prom will be here soon, and the next thing you know, you’re walking up the stage to pick up your diploma. Time will fly by so quickly without you even noticing it.

 

Remember it is important to keep your grades up for college admission. The CSU campuses require you to maintain your GPA throughout your senior year. Show the colleges that you applied to that you are still academically prepared for university-level courses. Eventually, when the time comes to submit your final senior year grades, you can be proud of what you have accomplished. This is your last year and that means make it the best possible, and that includes your grades!


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We’re Here to Help!

Posted by Kyle Barras

It’s that time of year again when college applications are due! If you have yet to complete your CSUMentor application because you are not sure what to do, feel free to contact the admissions office at the school you are applying to. I still remember my own experience applying to San Diego State and the apprehension I had; I had more questions than the Internet could possibly answer. It was at that time I looked up the phone number to SDSU’s admissions office and asked all of my inquiries.

The admissions team is there to help you and ease the process of applying to college. Back in high school, I was able to utilize my college career center for application questions, as well as teachers on campus whom I trusted to review my applications and other supplemental materials before I submitted them.

So the moral of the story is to utilize the resources around you, especially if they are free! You don’t want to pass up a great opportunity like attending a CSU, so fill out the application by November 30. It’s the doorway to the future you envision for your life!


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